Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start? ▾
Come for a one-off, no-obligation session. That is the best way to decide if you like me, feel you can trust me and want to continue. We will discuss what brings you to counselling and what you hope to achieve by coming. I will also ask you questions about yourself and your history. Should I feel that your needs can be better met by another practitioner or type of counselling, I will discuss that with you.
How long will counselling take? ▾
That depends on why you are coming. Sometimes a specific problem can be understood and resolved within a few sessions. Generally, more sessions are needed for real healing, growth and transformation. An agreement to meet for six sessions is recommended. A review in the fifth session gives us both the opportunity to decide how or whether we continue.
Where do we meet? ▾
I meet with individuals and couples in Stockbridge EH3.
If that doesn't work for you, we can meet on Zoom (live, confidential, video meetings software). I'll send you a Zoom invitation when we arrange our first call.
Is counselling confidential? ▾
Yes. Well-trained counsellors know the value of confidentiality because they have undertaken long-term counselling themselves as part of their training.
I am in regular supervision, a legal requirement for all practising counsellors. Both my supervisor and I abide by the BACP's ethical guidelines for respecting client confidentiality.
What do you do with my data? ▾
After each session I write brief notes as an aide-memoire to support our work together. The notes do not include any identifiable details and are stored securely, along with any other documentation relating to you. I keep all documentation for a period after we have stopped working together, after which it is destroyed.
How often should I come? ▾
Individuals: weekly sessions are best, although it is possible to meet more frequently if you prefer – if we meet less than once a week it becomes difficult to maintain progress. Couples: I usually meet couples fortnightly, although we will discuss what's right for you and your partner when we first meet.
When can I come? ▾
Appointments are available Monday-Friday in the daytime or early evening.
Usually, I'll ask you to commit to the same time, on the same day, on a weekly basis.
How much does it cost? ▾
Counselling for individuals: £60 per 50-55 min session.
Relationship Coaching for couples: £140 per 90-120 min session.
Supervision for individuals: £55 per 50-55 min session.
Supervision for groups: fee varies.
I offer a limited number of reduced-fee places. Please mention that you'd like one when you contact me.
Cash payments can be made at the end of each session. Online payment can be made in the 24-hour period before your session.
What is your cancellation policy? ▾
The first session gives us both a chance to see if we are a ‘good fit’. If we are, and once we have agreed on the day and time of our meetings, that appointment time is yours. Regularity and commitment form an essential part of the therapeutic process.
When cancellation is necessary, 7 days' notice are required or the full fee is due. NB: No cancellations can be made within the first 6 weeks of sessions starting.
Please note that I do not work at weekends.